Pre & Post-Surgery

The goal of any surgical procedure is to fix a bodily issue that’s affecting your quality of life. But even though surgery can be the solution to many problems, the procedure itself can also result in issues that can inhibit your mobility and function. The good news is that physical therapy can help.

Pre- and post-surgery rehabilitation is a physical therapy treatment that helps you be prepared for surgery as well as potential discomfort and complications that may develop afterward. At Forever Fit, our rehabilitation services will help make sure that your body properly recovers from a surgical procedure so that you can get back on your feet as soon as possible.

What Is Pre-surgery Rehabilitation?

Properly preparing your body before a surgical procedure is just as important as helping you recover afterward. Pre-surgery rehabilitation, often referred to as prehabilitation or prehab, is a type of physical therapy that works as preventive care to reduce the negative impact of a surgery.

One of the major benefits of prehab is that it can reduce your hospital stay. Studies show that 37.1% of patients who had pre-surgery rehabilitation were discharged one day following their surgery, as opposed to the 27% who did not have the rehabilitation.

Besides a reduced hospital stay, prehabilitation by a physical therapist can help:


Decrease the risk of surgical complications.


Increase muscle strength to maximize positive surgery results.


Minimize postoperative pain.

Pre-surgery rehabilitation will usually involve strengthening and stretching exercises that are targeted for the area that’s being operated on.

What Is Post-surgery Rehabilitation?

After you undergo a surgery, it takes time to get back to your daily routines. Even though it’s natural to want to rest, it’s important to immediately begin rehabilitation with a physical therapist to prevent your muscles from weakening. Proper rehabilitation is a gradual process that can take weeks or months to improve your body’s overall quality at a safe pace.

The goal of post-surgery rehabilitation is to help you manage the postoperative pain and restore your mobility. A physical therapist can help your body recover by increasing your body’s strength and function, especially in the part of the body that was operated on.

Post-surgery rehabilitation can help:
  • Increase strength and flexibility.
  • Reduce swelling.
  • Alleviate pain.
  • Improve range of motion.
  • Increase blood circulation to accelerate healing.
A treatment plan for post-surgery rehabilitation will often include:
  • Therapeutic exercises to improve strength.
  • Stretches to increase flexibility and mobility.
  • Soft tissue mobilization to decrease scar tissue.
  • Joint mobilization to improve range of motion.
  • Balance training to restore coordination.

Forever Fit Can Provide Safe and Effective Pre- & Post-surgery Rehabilitation

Preparing and recovering from surgery is nearly as important as the procedure itself. It’s important that your body has the strength and mobility required to allow you to get back to your normal activities as quickly and safely as possible. Physical therapy from Forever Fit can help maximize your results while minimizing the pain.

Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.